January 3, 2021

Top 25 Exhibits of 2020

These are the gallery exhibits that I enjoyed the most in the turbulent year that was 2020.
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I initially tried to pair down the list of my favorite exhibits in 2020 to '20' instead of '25.' I thought it would be a more clever title, but it was an impossible feat. Ironically, I felt the best exhibits of the year were after all of the COVID lockdowns of summer. This is probably due to artists enjoying a bit of peace and quiet and actually getting to product quality work instead of jet-setting to the next art fair to give collectors studio tours.

In order of when the exhibit opened, below are my top 25 exhibits of 2020.

  1. Rita Ackermann - Hauser & Wirth
  2. Sojourner Truth Parsons - Foxy Production 
  3. Billy White - Shrine Gallery
  4. Grace Weaver - James Cohan
  5. Serena Stevens Postmasters gallery
  6. OSGEMEOS - Lehmann Maupin gallery
  7. Gina Beavers - Marianne Boesky Gallery
  8. Kyle Dunn - P.P.O.W 
  9. Pieter Schoolwerth - Petzel Gallery
  10. Cajsa von Zeipel - Company gallery
  11. Alex Dodge - Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery
  12. Trenton Doyle Hancock - James Cohan
  13. Zach Bruder. -Magenta Plains Gallery
  14. Josh Smith, David Zirner, London
  15. Dana Schutz, Thomas Dane, Lodon
  16. Mary Weatherford , Gagosian , London
  17. Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Gagosian, London
  18. Jim Shaw, Simon Lee Gallery, London
  19. Titus Kaphar, Gagosian
  20. George Condo, Hauser 
  21. Cecily Brown, Paula Cooper Gallery
  22. Derek Fordjour, Petzel Gallery
  23. Alex Gardner, The Hole Gallery
  24. Jennifer Packer, Serpentine Gallerym London
  25. Genieve Figgis, Almine Rech Gallery, London

If you want to see every gallery exhibit I visited in 2020, feel free to watch the video below and let me know if you agree with my choices.

Top 25 Exhibits of 2020

Rita Ackermann, Hauser & Wirth, NYC

Rita Ackermann

Rita Ackermann's exhibit, Mama ’19, was on view at Hauser & Wirth Gallery in Chelsea, New York, from February 20th - April 11th, 2020.

Sojourner Truth Parsons, Foxy Production, NYC

Sojourner Truth Parsons

Sojourner Truth Parsons’ exhibit at Foxy Production, sex and love with a psychologist, was on view July 9th through August 16th, 2020. It was her first solo exhibition at the gallery. To read more about the exhibit, check out my blog post here.

Billy White, Shrine Gallery, NYC

Billy White

Billy White’s exhibit at Shrine Gallery, was on view June 10 - August 2, 2020. To read more about the exhibit, read my blog post here.

Grace Weaver, James Cohan, NYC

Grace Weaver

Steps, Grace Weaver's exhibit at James Cohan, showcased her signature elastic-limbed characters exposed, experiencing failure, embarrassment, humiliation, and fear. The exhibit was on view July 15th – September 12th, 2020. Read more about the exhibit here.

Serena Stevens, Postmasters Gallery, NYC

Serena Stevens

Serena Stevens takes our realities of quarantine and paints them in an ethereal way that reminds us, there can be beauty in the monotony of the everyday. Her exhibit, Iowa Dream, is was on view at Postmasters Gallery in Tribeca from July 12 - September 12, 2020. 

OSGEMEOS, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, NYC

OSGEMEOS

The Brazilian duo, OSGEMEOS brought their signature long-limbed, yellow characters to Lehmann Maupin Gallery to bring some much-needed optimism via a gateway into their dream-like world. Portal was the Brazilian duo OSGEMEOS’ second exhibit at Lehmann Maupin Gallery and was on view from September 10th - November 7th.

Gina Beavers, Marianne Boesky Gallery, NYC

Gina Beavers

Gina Beavers’ sculpture paintings are inspired by Instagram photos. They represent how the internet allows us to display the many sides of who we are as humans. This exhibit is was Beaver’s first solo show with Marianne Boesky was on view from September 15th - October 17th, 2020. Read more about the exhibit here.

Kyle Dunn, P.P.O.W, NYC

Kyle Dunn

In Kyle Dunn’s 3D painting/sculptures, he creates dramatic scenes influenced by sources like the Italian cinema to express the “chaotic journey through grief toward new emotional terrain". His exhibit at P.P.O.W was on view from September 10th - October 17th, 2020. Read more about the exhibit here.

Pieter Schoolwerth, Petzel Gallery, NYC

Pieter Schoolwerth

In the midst of a Covid-19 lockdown, Pieter Schoolwerth explored how we now live our lives through avatars as a representation of our physical selves. Shifted Sims was Pieter Schoolwerth’s first solo exhibition at Petzel Gallery, on view at their Chelsea location from September 3rd - October 31st. The exhibit is meant to represent our lives during the lockdown. Read more about the exhibit here.

Cajsa von Zeipel, Company Gallery, NYC

Cajsa von Zeipel

Swedish artist, Cajsa von Zeipel brings nine of her other-worldly silicon sculptures to her exhibit at Company Gallery, exploring the theme of capitalism and how it impacts our sense of self. Cajsa von Zeipel’s exhibit, Nine Lives, consisted of nine, insanely intricate silicon sculptures, on view at Company Gallery from September 10th - October 17th, 2020. Read more about the exhibit here.

Alex Dodge, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, NYC

Alex Dodge

Alex Dodge marries technology with art in his practice and philosophy, creating works that speak to the balance between authentic human connection and the empowerment of technology. Alex Dodge’s exhibit at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in the Lower East Side, New York, was on view from September 10th - October 17th, 2020. Read more about the exhibit here.

Trenton Doyle Hancock, James Cohan, NYC

Trenton Doyle Hancock

In Trenton Doyle Hancock's 7th exhibit at James Cohan Gallery, he brought us all of the rich detail of his fictional word - the Moundverse to analyze themes of American identity and white supremacy.  ‘Something American’ was Trenton’s 7th exhibit with James Cohan Gallery and was on view at both their New York locations (Tribeca and LES) from September 17th - Oct 17th, 2020. Read more about the exhibit here.

Zach Bruder, Magenta Plains Gallery, NYC

Zach Bruder

Zach Bruder's exhibit at Magenta Plains Gallery liberated images reference throughout history by setting them in a new, present-day context. Zach Bruder’s exhibit, Gone to Fair, was on view at Magenta Plains Gallery in the lower east side from September 16th - October 21st. Read more about the exhibit here.

Josh Smith, David Zirner, London

Josh Smith

Josh Smith's exhibit, Spectre, at David Zwirner's London Gallery, captured the beauty in a deserted New York Neighborhood during Covid, and the peace it offered from a usually bustling pace. The exhibit was on view from September 15th until October 31st, 2020. Read more about the exhibit here.

Dana Schutz, Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz exhibit at Thomas Dane Gallery in London was on view from September 16th - December 19th, 2020.

Mary Weatherford, Gagosian, London

Mary Weatherford

In Mary Weatherford's exhibit, Train Yards, at Gagosian in London, she brought a dark, all-black color palette to her abstract works to convey a dramatic and vibrant urban environment. The exhibit is on view from September 22, 2020 – February 27, 2021. Read more about the exhibit here.

Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Gagosian Gallery, London

Nathaniel Mary Quinn

In the absence of Frieze London, Gagosian traded a solo booth for a solo exhibit of works by Nathaniel Mary Quinn that explores the concepts of identity and self-perception through portraits. Nathaniel Mary Quinns' exhibit at Gagosian Gallery’s Davies Street location in London was on view from October 1st –November 21st, 2020.  Read more about the exhibit here.

Jim Shaw, Simon Lee Gallery, London

Jim Shaw

Jim Shaw's exhibit, Hope Against Hope, at Simon Lee's London location depicts the American political landscape in his signature comic-style collage paintings, perfectly timed for the American elections. The exhibit is on view 20 October 2020 - 16 January 2021. Read more about the exhibit here.

Titus Kaphar, Gagosian Gallery, NYC

Titus Kaphar

Titus Kaphar's inaugural exhibit at Gagosian Gallery illustrated the profound pain experienced by Black mothers around the fear they'll lose their children. Titus Kaphar’s exhibit, From a Tropical Space, at Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea, was on view from October 1st – December 19th, 2020. Read more about the exhibit here.

George Condo, Hauser & Wirth, NYC

George Condo

In George Condo's exhibit, Internal Riot at Hauser & Wirth, he captured the struggle society has been through this year with COVID and how through that struggle we can begin to reshape society. The exhibit was on view from November 5th to January 23rd, 2021. Read more about the exhibit here.

Cecily Brown, Paula Cooper Gallery, NYC

Cecily Brown

Cecily Brown draws inspiration from 17th-century Dutch paintings, abstracting objects to create some of the most profound, modern, abstract works of our time. Her exhibit at Paula Cooper Gallery’s 26th street location was on view from October 15th until December 12th, 2020. Read more about the exhibit here.

Derek Fordjour, Petzel Gallery, NYC

Derek Fordjour

Derek Fordjour's exhibit, SELF MUST DIE, at Petzel Gallery explored multiple faces of death in the present time whether figuratively from covid or racial violence or the metaphorical death of the ego. The exhibit was on view from November 14th - December 19th. Read more about the exhibit here.

Alex Gardner, The Hole Gallery, NYC

Alex Gardner

In Alex Gardner’s exhibit at The Hole, he departed from his signature black, faceless figures, into an all-blue color scheme that brings an almost Renaissance-like quality to his works. Alex Gardner’s exhibit, Blues, was on view at The Hole from November 19th – December 27th, 2020. Read more about the exhibit here.

Jennifer Packer, Serpentine Gallery, London

Jennifer Packer

Jennifer Packer’s exhibit at Serpentine Gallery features expressionist portraits of contemporary Black individuals in order to solidify their rightful representation within the future of art history. Jennifer Packer’s exhibit, The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing, is on view at Serpentine Gallery in London from December 5th, through March 14th. Read more about the exhibit here.

Genieve Figgis, Almine Rech Gallery, London

Genieve Figgis

Genieve Figgis's exhibit at Almine Rech in London consisted of abstract portraitures of imaginary quarantine companions, inspired by art history heroes such as Goya and Velázquezs. Genieve Figgis’s exhibit, Imaginary Friends, was on view at Almine Rech’s London Gallery from November 19th - December 19th, 2020. Read more about the exhibit here.

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